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Review: Navy Knickers and Nicked TVs

Joan Ellis and Donna Jones MBE, aka ‘Them Two‘, shared 90 minutes of stories, poetry and performance pieces for a sell-out audience at the Winter Gardens during this year’s Ventnor Fringe festival on the Isle of Wight.

Donna Jones MBE
Donna Jones MBE

Donna, an accomplished wordsmith who had an illustrious career as a youth worker in the North-West of England, indulged attendees by traipsing around a slew of amusing subjects, including growing up with embarrassing parents (her Dad’s false teeth once scuppering the embryonic stages of a flirtatious liaison with a dishy waiter.)

Donna’s Mother (“the first feminist in Barnsley”) featured prominently in many of her anecdotes, heralded as a woman of great sass who retained the upper hand in her marriage.

Poems such as ‘The Miner’, ‘Blackpool Revisited’ and ’38DD’ were all delivered with requisite gusto from the lips of a bold performer who has been at the forefront of Isle of Wight spoken word and female rights issues for the past several years.

The two ladies intertwined their spirited but very different sets, an effective tool in keeping the show fresh throughout; each segment was kept brief by design, so the audience never had time to get too attached to one person’s material.

 

Joan Ellis spoke with great passion about her daughter, Sophie, who was present. Much of her material clearly derived from motherhood.

Joan navigated through various highlights of her career and personal life, displaying a penchant for storytelling – retrospectively musing on her time at the top end of the copy writing industry – as the voice of an animated dog amongst other things.

Joan and daughter Sophie
Joan and daughter Sophie

Highlights included an encounter she enjoyed with an aesthetically appealing young man in the 1990’s, whose contact details she was unable to pluck up the courage to take down. The next time she saw him was on television, as he turned out to be Neil Morrissey from Men Behaving Badly!

Switching back and forth again, Donna’s Buckingham Palace related material provided a shift of comedy gears, with every punchline hitting its intended target, most notably a deliciously disgusting description of one youngster as “the kind with hands down his trousers and offering you a crisp!”

Joan concluded the show with a captivating 8 minute monologue based on the death of Marilyn Monroe. It was crisply delivered, but could perhaps have been placed earlier in the afternoon to play out to a fully charged peanut gallery.

A well oiled show from two seasoned speakers, both of whom bounced off each other with great ease and organic chemistry, without it ever feeling overly rehearsed.


In a nutshell

+ A sell-out crowd aged anywhere from 12-72 were left feeling they’d had excellent value for their £6.50 ticket.

Donna Jones MBE’s website is available by clicking here.

Joan Ellis is live on Vectis Radio every Friday and Saturday from 1-2pm, click here for the link!

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Sound Bite – Isle of Wight ‘Inspirational Women’ group

Is the Isle of Wight’s Inspirational Women group another step towards segregation of the sexes, and are we allowed to ask? DxK and Mark Dickson discuss the pros and cons of a group like this.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Sound Bite: Undecided Arts Collective

DxK is joined by Mark Dickson who discusses being part of a collective.

To take a peek at the Undecided Arts Collective Facebook page click —> HERE

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.14: Samuel Z Jones

Samuel Z Jones is an irrepressible dynamo in late 2015. With a book launch for new fantasy novel, Baron Maruna, set for December 16th (click here for details). The relentless author found a spare half hour to sit with DxK and share his wit and wisdom over a cup of Vegan friendly Chai. 

The Links

Sam on Facebook
Sam on Smashwords 
Sam-azon

Blind Guardian (closing track)

Nina Plapp (Accompaniment for reading)

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Sound Bites – free gig tonight!

Isle of Wight residents are in for a treat tonight, with Bendula Bar hosting Sound Bites – a showcase for local spoken word and musical talent. The three-ish hour gig, which kicks off at 7.30pm, is part of Visit Isle of Wight‘s Acoustic Isle event, and the brainchild of Ryde based artist/poet/author/lovely lady Donna Jones MBE (See vid below.)

Who the funk is on the bill?

As well as the afore mentioned Ms Jones, there are a host of young poets from the Red Tie Theatre and Flip The Script, plus some of the local scene’s cutting edge musicians; artists whose arrival centre stage has ushered in new musical genres to define their stylings, stud muffins who make Syd Barrett look like a monk.

The Ventnor Darlings are one such band, they’re definitely from Ventnor, but are they darlings? My lips are sealed.

The Ventnor Darlings: The John and Yoko of the IoW (bed not pictured)
The Ventnor Darlings: The John and Yoko of the IoW (bed not pictured)

Admission is free and food and drink are available, so all of your basic survival needs are covered, and you don’t even have to spend any of your hard earned coin, just sneak off to the toilets and drink water straight from the taps if you get dehydrated, and smuggle in a Fruesli Bar for the interval.

Seriously though, get involved. Nights like this deserve a packed venue, those performing are doing it for the love of their art, and not monetary gain… and you can always catch up with Eastenders on the iPlayer later!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds – No.6: Donna Jones MBE

Artist, entrepreneur, poet, fashionista, charitable Tour de Force and dog lover –  Donna Jones MBE is widely recognised as an integral branch of the Isle of Wight’s creative revolution.

That’s all well and good, but facing a grilling from DxK is another matter; how did one of the Isle of Wight’s premier prose practitioners fare in conversation with the gloriously coiffured stud muffin? And, more importantly, did a sweet pooch named Scoot’s snoring scupper the tranquility of the occasion? Listen and find out!

 

To get in contact with Donna either follow her Twitter, message her on Facebook or send her an email.

*Special thanks to Jodie, Sam and Brad (aka Ba.Dow) for granting permission for Kureen to use the track ‘In The Name’ in the piece.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured artist: Donna Jones MBE

I first stumbled upon Donna Jones MBE when I was sent to review a spoken word event on which she was participating, with her gritty, cavalier and colourful vernacular instantly making an impression on all of those in attendance.

Osborne

It was some time later that I discovered the full extent of Donna’s contributions – here is an extraordinary woman who has enhanced the lives of hundreds of abused and poverty stricken individuals, devoted extensive kindness, time and finance to charitable causes and revealed herself to be a paradigm shifting artist to boot.

Having recently been accepted to join the Ryde Art Collective, Donna enjoys a peaceful existence on the Isle of Wight, whilst remaining keen to continue supporting young people. Donna’s artwork is vibrant and innovative and she has donated pieces to Quarr Abbey, Dimbola Lodge, the MS Society and local charity Friends of the Animals.

St Helens in orange

During 2013 Donna dedicated a huge chunk of her time to a specific charity, commenting that: “I wanted to collaborate with one charity and the Ellen MacArthur Trust, based in East Cowes, was the obvious option”. The charity supports youngsters with life limiting illnesses, allowing them to try sailing, often for the first time. The teamwork and close proximity with other young people gives them the chance to talk freely and acts as a form of therapy in a fun and exciting environment.

Having pledged to support 50 charities throughout 2014, Donna’s paintings and her fundraising events have become a regular feature of the local art scene. Many of the artist’s paintings are already on sale in ‘Three Buoys’ restaurant in Appley and grace the walls of all seven Pittis Estate Agents across the Isle of Wight.

Further details of how to contact the artist are listed below the gallery.

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To find out more about Donna take a peek at her Facebook or Twitter. To contact her directly email: jones291@btinternet.com .

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.